The euro area industrial producer price index2remained unchanged in October 2006 compared with September 2006, while EU25 prices rose by 0.2%. In September prices fell by 0.5% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU25.
In October 2006 compared to October 2005, industrial producer prices increased by 4.0% in the euro area and by 4.3% in the EU25.
These figures come from Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities.
In October 2006, compared to the previous month, prices in total industry excluding the energy sector rose by 0.3% in both the euro area and the EU25. Prices in the energy sector fell by 0.5% in the euro area but increased by 0.3% in the EU25. In both zones, intermediate goods gained 0.5%, capital goods and durable consumer goods 0.2%, and non-durable consumer goods 0.1%.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases were registered in the United Kingdom (+1.3%), Sweden (+0.5%), Germany and Italy (both +0.3%). The largest decreases were recorded in Denmark
(-1.9%), Portugal (-1.5%) and Greece (-0.7%). Prices in the Czech Republic and Finland remained unchanged.
In October 2006, compared to October 2005, and excluding the energy sector, industrial prices increased by 3.6% in both the euro area and the EU25. Prices in the energy sector rose by 5.3% and 6.3% respectively. Intermediate goods gained 6.4% in the euro area and 6.3% in the EU25. Capital goods increased by 1.8% and 1.7% respectively. Non-durable consumer goods rose by 1.7% in the euro area and by 1.8% in the EU25, and durable consumer goods gained 1.7% in both zones.
Among Member States for which data are available, the highest increases were observed in Luxembourg (+14.1%), Hungary (+10.6%) and Slovakia (+7.1%), and the lowest in Ireland (+0.5%), the Czech Republic (+1.9%) and France (+2.4%).